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IOP Presentation
by rakoa (rakoa)
at November 28th, 2011 (05:10 pm)

Hello everyone, I am an IB Student in Nova Scotia, Canada, and I created this lovely livejournal account for the purpose of writing this message, though from the looks of this community I suspect I will be using it much more. But with regards to IOP... my English teacher is new to IB. This is his first year teaching IB English and he hates it. Anyway, he gave us a week to throw together our shit for this presentation with very little warning before hand, because he himself probably just found out. From talking to my Year 2 friends, they had nearly 2 months with the rubric in hand and concise instructions to prepare. One week for me. Maybe thats normal, but regardless, I feel up the river without a paddle. I am not even clear on what the IOP is, or what this guy is looking for, probably because he doesn't even know!

He basically gave us three books (Life of Pi, Heart of Darkness, and Fahrenheit 451) and said "Go now, little children, and come up with a presentation. It must relate to one of these books. It must be no longer than 10 minutes. Good luck." I feel really, well, screwed. If someone can help with a topic that fits IOP guidelines (whatever those are) I would be really happy, but anything relating to his IOP in general would be immensely appreciated.

Thank you for reading my large, large, long talk (yes, I know I said large twice). Good luck to you, fellow IB students! As you were. :P


Posted by: MapleMapffyPie (maplemapffypie)
Posted at: November 28th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)


I am an IB graduate who got a high mark in English. Unfortunately, I have not read any of these books, but I can give you a few ideas.

We did three oral presentations in total in Year 1. Only one was our actual IOP though :P My first was on the Great Gatsby, where I talked about the timelessness of the book. My second was a commentary on Darcy's letter to Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice. My IOP was the effect of sex in Robertson Davies' Fifth Business.

My advice to you is to pick out something that really stood out for you in one of these books, be it a theme and its effect, symbolism, or even a specific situation. My friend did Nichze philosophy in Gatsby.

Make sure its structured.

Posted by: rakoa (rakoa)
Posted at: November 28th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)

Hey, my friend is doing Nichze philosophy in Heart of Darkness! :P
I told my teacher I was going to do a Jungian psychological analysis on Pi and Richard Parker, but he said he wants me to do the whole book. I thought the guidelines of the IOP were less rigid than that, but in the end he is the authority, I suppose...

Thanks a lot for the advice!

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